192 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: Managed by The Trustees in cooperation with the Towns of Cohasset and Hingham.
Hike or drive to the top of this 187-foot hill for spectacular views of the Boston skyline, the Harbor Islands, and the Hull-2 wind turbine.
Beginning in the late 1990s, the Cohasset Conservation Trust worked with The Trustees (formerly Trustees of Reservations) to purchase this property. This was made possible by a state grant, plus funds from private donors.
During the Cold War, an anti-missile radar control station (NIKE) was located here. A cinderblock building is all that remains.
From the Route 3A entrance, you can follow a trail up to the top of the hill (go right at the fork). You can also access the Whitney Spur Rail Trail (Wompatuck State Park) by going left at the fork, and onto Side Hill Road. This trail also connects to Whitney-Thayer Woods, a large Trustees property with 10 miles of carriage roads for hiking.
From the top of the hill, near the end of Turkey Hill Road, you can access the trails of Weir River Farm.
Habitats and Wildlife
The open fields atop Turkey Hill are mowed annually and otherwise maintained as an ongoing effort to restore grassland birds species, including bobolink and meadowlark. The slopes of the hill are mostly hardwood forest.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 62 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Parking lots at two locations: off Route 3A in Cohasset near the intersection with Route 228, and in Hingham on Turkey Hill Lane.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes